Just went thru that last weekend. I ordered one new recliner for the living room at Lazy-Boy. Two of the three faux/reconditioned/reconstituted leather recliners I purchased there over 10 years ago have started peeling. It’s like they were on a timer. The nano-meter thickness of this stuff is flaking away from some intermediate padding cover underneath. And it all just started in May on these two chairs.
The store had all styles and types of chair and recliner / rockers on display but wouldn’t sell any floor models. So I had to go with a down payment and Sept delivery. But at least I get what I want, no compromises. I only ordered one so I can see how it suits me for a while so i can change up on the second if I like. And wait another 4 months to get the second delivered.
In the mean time I bought 5 x 15 foot rolls of of leather repair tape. The color and pattern matches extremely well and I just have to remember to keep the lights on low if I get company.
I’m think this is part and parcel pandemic related as businesses start ramping back up and per the news reports, getting employees (as well as the materials needed) are a part of the problem. As one person pointed out on the news last night, why go back to work for $60.00 more a week now - ride out the unemployment benefits then go look for work. We only have to look at our own audio related slow downs on manufacturing and delivery to see that. I expected inventories of many parts at suppliers and with manufacturer’s were adequate to get thru last year in many businesses, but they are depleted now and only slowly coming back on line.